Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump issued two contrasting responses to the vandalizing and apparent firebombing of a Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina on Sunday.
A graffiti message reading “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” was left on the building, and a fire inflicted extensive damage to the office, according to a statement from police officials in Hillsborough. No one was hurt in the incident, which the police are investigating.
Clinton condemned the incident on Twitter on Sunday evening.
“The attack on the Orange County HQ @NCGOP office is horrific and unacceptable,” she said. “Very grateful that everyone is safe.”
Trump was quick to assign responsibility for the incident to Clinton supporters, despite a lack of evidence from authorities.
“Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning,” Trump tweeted.
The Hillsborough police have not identified any suspects and on Sunday evening said only that their investigation was still ongoing.
North Carolina is a key battleground state this election, and Clinton leads Trump there by 3 percentage points, according to a RealClearPolitics average of recent polls. Barack Obama narrowly won North Carolina in 2008, while Mitt Romney took the state in 2012.